Donation helps homeless people in Glasgow gain new skills and build a brighter future

Lodging House Mission (LHM), a charity based in Glasgow has received £3,000 to fund an adult learning class for homeless people.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

LHM provides food, care, support and other services to Glasgow’s most vulnerable citizens. The organisation has over a 100 years’ experience in helping disadvantaged people in the local area get their lives back on track. The charity assists those in need through a dedicated team of support workers and volunteers who work together towards the common goal of making a positive difference in people’s lives.

The grant will help fund a number of classes, teaching the participants outdoor activities, IT skills and photography lessons with the aim of providing the local homeless community with a range of new skills to help improve their lives.

Gus Smeaton, Manager at Lodging House Mission, said: “We are grateful to the Santander Foundation for providing us with additional means to help improve the lives of disadvantaged people in Glasgow. The class the donation supports will be hugely helpful as learning new skills is a great route to restoring the dignity and confidence of our clients, helping them to build a brighter future.”

Ross Hunter, Branch Manager at the Santander Glasgow branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. We are committed to playing a key part in the community and are delighted to be supporting Lodging House Mission, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

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Media Contact
Stephanie Harris at Santander     Tel: 0207 756 4221     Email:  
Gus Smeaton at LHM                      Tel: 0141 552 0285

About Lodging House: Lodging House Mission provides food, shelter and a wide range of support services to Glasgow’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. The organisation gives people the opportunity to get their lives back on track by enabling them to develop new skills and feelings of self-worth.

It does this by providing safe access to:

  • Educational opportunities and recreational activities
  • Food
  • Essential facilities including showers, telephone, laundry and internet
  • Support staff and counsellors

For more information please visit:

Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £25 million in funding to 12,600 UK charities and in 2016 a further £5 million will be available through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

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